14 items from 2012
Nicholson approached to star alongside Downey Jr as a father with Alzheimer's disease who is suspected of murder in Warner Bros' comedy drama The Judge
Nicholson has filmed only three movies since 2003, two of which were for Warner Bros, the studio behind The Judge. The 75-year-old Oscar-winner turned down Martin Scorsese's The Departed several times before eventually agreeing to star as mobster Frank Costello in 2006, and he also took a leading role in 2007's The Bucket List. He is said to have recently turned down a part in a new Nancy Meyers film despite a meeting with the director, who previously cast him in a Golden Globe-nominated role in 2003's Something's Gotta Give.
The Judge sees Downey Jr as »
- Ben Child
When last we reported on director David Dobkins' dramedy The Judge, it was to announce that Bill Dubuque had come on to do a rewrite and that Robert Downey Jr. was producing the picture as a starring vehicle. Now it looks as if Warner Bros. has extended an unofficial offer to Jack Nicholson to play Downey Jr.'s father in the film. Originally penned by Nick Schenk with an intermediate rewrite from David Seidler, The Judge centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder. Hit the jump for more, including how Nicholson's fussy track record of selecting roles may impact The Judge. THR reported that Warner Bros. and Nicholson will enter into negotiations this week that might land the 75-year-old acting veteran in The Judge. They're quick to »
- Dave Trumbore
Though he's never gone away, exactly, Michael Douglas is due for a comeback-- and seems to have it coming in spades, with a role playing Ronald Reagan in the political drama Reykjavik and, coming much sooner, a splashy part playing Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's biopic Behind The Candelabra, due on HBO next year. Diane Keaton, who's been acting almost exactly as long as Douglas has, needs a comeback much more-- she hasn't starred in a movie anyone actually saw since Something's Gotta Give nearly 10 years ago, and a splashy role in the HBO series Tilda failed to materialize when the show wasn't picked up. So maybe Douglas can help Keaton pick up a little steam, with the two of them teaming up for And So It Goes., a romantic comedy from As Good As It Gets writer Mark Andrus. According to Deadline Douglas will star as a "self-absorbed and »
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Initially I kept comparing this to Something's Gotta Give (2003) as to its awards chances -- Oscar Best Actress Nominee -- and now I'm embarrassed about that and wish I had compared it to Mother (1996) -- Golden Globe Best Actress Nominee. Babs still gets top billing. As it should be but she hasn't made a movie in how many years? those Focker movies don't count. How much would your typical Barbra Streisand fan(atic) pay to have their cheek pinched by her? I'm guessing thousands because the prices they'll pay to see her in concert. Yeesh! People who do not think Barbra is a brilliant actor have not seen Funny Girl or The Way We Were. They have maybe seen Prince of Tides or Meet the Fuckers. Who else is in this movie? Wouldn't it be so weird if it was all Sleuth like two-hander? »
- NATHANIEL R
Clark Gregg will direct from his screenplay the noir fable about a loser agent for young actors-and washed-up child star himself-who stumbles upon a brilliant 13-year-old prodigy (played by newcomer Saxon Sharbino) and then tries to close the mega-deal that will make her a star while managing her drunk volatile father, the poaching attempts of a more successful nemesis and a growing awareness that his innocent young starlet may not be at all what she seems.
Gregg (Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man, The New Adventures of Old Christine) will lead an ensemble cast that includes Saxon Sharbino, Amanda Peet (Syriana, Please Give, Something's Gotta Give), Paul Sparks (Boardwalk Empire, Edge of Darkness, Rachel Getting Married), Felicity Huffman (Transamerica, Phoebe in Wonderland, Desperate Housewives), Allison Janney (The Help, »
It's taken three episodes, but Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is finally showing real signs of guilt for what he did to Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt). Whether the emotional crisis is enough to fuel a thaw between Nucky and Margaret (Kelly MacDonald) remains to be seen. The two do go on a date—of sorts—but it's not exactly romantic. What We Learned Even Nucky Thompson Can't Turn Down Appointments With Saints: Margaret (Kelly MacDonald) is still hounding Nucky to at least pretend to be a pillar of society, and Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale) is putting equal pressure on Nucky's hootch business. Something's gotta give. Nucky offers Gyp a month's supply of hooch in exchange for backing off »
Millions of 13-year-old boys' dreams are about to come true -- TMZ has learned, the 3-boob'd lady in the new "Total Recall" movie Will be showing Full Nipples ... despite the film's PG-13 rating.People have been speculating ever since news broke Sony was rebooting the classic R-rated 1990 flick, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger -- which features a 3-boob'd prostitute who proudly shows off three naked nipples.Now, a rep for Sony tells us, the new movie won't »
- TMZ Staff
A new memoir reveals that it was simple jealousy of Elizabeth Taylor that spurred Marilyn Monroe to pose nude. Monroe agreed to be naked while exiting a swimming pool during a photo shoot, as long as Taylor did not appear in any magazines running the images, reports Vanity Fair, which is publishing the images in this month's edition. (While Monroe made just $100,000 for her final film role in Something's Gotta Give , Taylor pulled down $1 million in Cleopatra.) But the nude pictures weren't the only place Monroe bared all. A smattering of her conversations with photographer Lawrence »
- Evann Gastaldo
Last week saw the release of “Darling Companion,” the first film from writer/director Lawrence Kasdan in nine years. The film tells the story of Beth (Diane Keaton) and her husband Joseph’s (Kevin Kline) dog getting lost in the mountains after their daughter’s wedding. The couple, their family, and friends spend the next week searching for the dog, a quest that puts all their relationships into question. We had a chance to talk to the director during the San Francisco International Film Festival where the film was playing.
For the first time since his 1991 film “Grand Canyon,” Kasdan shares a writing credit on a film with his wife Meg Kasdan. Together they shared an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay as a result of their efforts last time around. While it’s no coincidence that they have once again teamed up to tell a story together, the »
- Sean Gillane
There can be little doubt that Jack Nicholson is one of the greatest movie stars in the history of the medium. He's had more Oscar nominations (twelve) and wins (three) than any other actor and has been an A-list star for over forty years now, remaining a legitimate box office draw in films like "Something's Gotta Give" and "The Departed" even in his seventh decade. He's worked with everyone from Antonioni to Scorsese, and given some of the most iconic screen performances ever, from "Easy Rider" to "The Shining."
Indeed, ask a cinephile for their favorite Nicholson performance, and the same few films are likely to come up: "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces," "Carnal Knowledge," "The Last Detail," "Chinatown," "The Passenger" (an amazing, nearly back-to-back six-year-run), "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," "The Shining." But this means that some of the actor's equally strong performances never quite made it into the canon, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
What's Jack Nicholson's secret? Maybe it's the eyebrows, hovering like ironic quotation marks over every line reading. Maybe it's the hooded eyes, which hold the threat of danger or the promise of joviality -- you're never sure which. Same with that sharklike grin. Or maybe it's the voice, which has evolved over the years from a thin sneer to a deep rumble, but is always precisely calibrated to provoke a reaction. Put them all together, and they say: "I am a man to be reckoned with. Ignore me at your peril." Nicholson, who turns 75 on April 22, is often criticized for relying on his bag of tricks, for just showing up and doing Jack Nicholson (though indeed, he often seems to have been hired precisely for that purpose). But he's also capable of burrowing deep into a character, finding his wounded heart, and revealing the ugly truth without fear or vanity. »
- Gary Susman
Tina Fey is headed back to the office.
The "30 Rock" star will soon be embracing her entrepreneurial spirit as she joins the company of "The Intern," according to Deadline.
"The Intern" will feature Fey as the founder of a fashion-based e-commerce company who participates in a community outreach program in which seniors (as in senior citizens, not college seniors) will intern at the firm. The title character, an over-70 widower, ends up being an indispensable part of the harried working mother's life, both professionally and personally.
The project teams up Fey with writer-director Nancy Meyers, who has an actor in mind for the title role but won't say who it is until he's locked. As Meyers recently directed both "Something's Gotta Give" and "It's Complicated," our guess is it's either Jack Nicholson or Alec Baldwin in age makeup.
- Bryan Enk
Coming off the heels of Tina Fey's role in "Admission," the actress has lined up another feature film gig, but this time, she's going back to her comedic roots. Deadline.com reports that Nancy Meyers of "Something's Gotta Give" and "It's Complicated" wants Fey for her upcoming odd-ball comedy, "The Intern." The film follows the friendship between Fey and her over-70 intern "who is bored with retirement from a middle management career." Meyers told Deadline's Mike Fleming, she "was attracted to the pressures the character feels with her business, her husband and kids, and seeing all this from the point of view of a man who has been through it.” Apparently, Meyers has her eye on a graybeard to play opposite Fey but "but won't say until he's cast." We'd love to see "Little Miss Sunshine" actor Arkin in the part, although a crotchety Ed Asner could be a »
- Sharon Knolle
With only five features under her belt, Nancy Meyers has become enormously successful in the last decade by making very, very specific kinds of movies about very, very specific kids of people. In her films there are no poor people, no people with problems that can't be solved with a good glass of wine and a new romance, and no one with the stones to tell Meryl Streep in It's Complicated that her enormous luxury kitchen really didn't need renovating. Stepping into a Nancy Meyers movie can be irritating, sure, but also a total pleasure if you're in the right mood, like slipping on a pair of cashmere socks for two hours and pretending you're part of the 1%. Her most successful movies, It's Complicated and Something's Gotta Give, have focused on middle-aged women probably not unlike Meyers herself, but for her next film she's aiming for a demographic closer to »
14 items from 2012
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